Is Gluten Bad for You?

Gluten is a popular topic in today’s world. Many people think they need to be gluten free. However, many of them don’t actually understand this or don’t necessarily need to be gluten free. Gluten is the protein present in grass-related grains. It is what creates the elastic texture of dough.

People with celiac disease have an immune reaction that happens after consuming gluten. Research has shown that about 1% of Americans have Celiac Disease and about 13% of Americans have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It is important to work along with your doctors to find out if you have a gluten allergy and how serious it is.

Gluten is actually not unhealthy for those who do not have a gluten sensitivity, it is an important part of a diet. People who consume gluten frequently and don’t have a bad reaction to it generally see great health benefits. They have lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Gluten also helps feed the good bacteria in our bodies by acting as a prebiotic. The bacteria from gluten is the same bacteria normally found in a properly functioning human gut. 

So, as the saying goes, “go ahead and smell your bread and it too”. Let common sense lead the way.

Sources: https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/related-conditions/

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/gluten/